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Attention Turns Towards B's Offense

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 1:26 PM / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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BostonBruins.com – Boston Bruins defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara knows his team embraces a physical game, but in Game 4 No. 33 said he’d rather see an increase in offensive production.

The Bruins scored just two goals in the first two games of the series, and despite scoring four in Game 3’s win, the B’s defenseman said there’s still room for improvement.

“We need to score goals to win hockey games and we were a little better in that area last game,” Chara said. “But you know, we just need to continue to do that, whatever that is to make us score goals.”

While the Bruins top lines have struggled to score, the line of Chris Kelly, Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot are shouldering most of the scoring duties.

Rolston and Kelly, who both have a goal and two assists, are the only players in the entire series that have points in each of the games and Pouliot has a goal and an assist.

“Well, I think they’re keeping things simple, getting the puck deep and creating some offense out of it,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. “Sometimes, it’s not about the pretty play it’s more about the efficient play and that’s what they’re doing right now.

“They’re supporting each other well, they’re cycling the puck well and they’re going to the net and that’s when good things happen.”

When pressed on the team’s lack of power play production in the playoffs thus far (0-11), Boston Bruins forward David Krejci remained optimistic after Julien gave the special team units some extra attention during the morning skate.

“We changed it up a little bit,” Krejci said. “I liked the look we had yesterday in practice and you know we’re going to have to bring it to tonight’s game and finally get some PP goals.”

While most the attention was turned toward's the Bruins offense, there was still mention of the physicality the series has presented.

Krejci made it clear that the Bruins haven't been intimidated by Washington's hard-nosed play, and won't be in the games to come.

"You know in Game 3 we got more involved physically and that’s how we created some chances," Krejci said.

"We know that style of hockey and we have so many guys with so much experience with playoff hockey so we shouldn’t be surprised by a physical game. That’s our strength and we have to play like that if we want to be successful. I think we did a pretty good job at it in Game 3 so we got to keep doing the same thing in Game 4."

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